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damage control. leaked state department cables unveil back room diplomacy and unflattering assessments of foreign leaders. remembering leslie nielsen, the serious actor turned economic hero. >> can you fly this plane and land it? >> surely, you can't be serious. >> i am serious. and don't call me "shirley." >> this is the "cbs morning news" for monday, november 29th, 2010. specific specific. this morning the u.s. state department is in major damage
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control mode. sunday, the whistle blowing website wikileaks released hundreds of thousands of classified state department documents chronicling behind-the-scenes relations between the u.s. and foreign governments. exposing back room deals and unflattering profiles of world leaders including some u.s. allies. good morning, preeti. >> reporter: good morning. none of the revelations are said particularly explosive but the white house has condemned the release saying it puts diplomats and other intelligence officials at risk. wikileaks' latest security breach has the u.s. government on worldwide damage control. >> lots of things understood in private and may have been not even talked about explicitly suddenly are out there in the cold light of day. >> reporter: the white house sunday condemned the release of more than 250,000 diplomatic cables by the website's founder julian as sage calling it reckless and dangerous.
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it contains startling revelationsssss from the statement department. among them and that the saudi king has repeatedly pressured the u.s. to attack iran's nuclear program. >> the fact these governments are exporting an pushing the u.s. government to be more aggressive, to take military action, those revelations will not be popular in the streets of those countries. >> reporter: but the information may prove to be more embarrassing than damaging. the material contains unflattering comments and observations about america's enemies and allies. u.s. diplomats call french president nicolas sarkozy a naked emperor and afghan president said to be driven by pair no yeah and that the libyan leader is rarely seen without the company of his ukrainian nurse, described as a vol lop tus blond. the white house warns these are often incomplete and does not
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necessarily reflect or even shape u.s. policy decisions. one of the embarrassing revelations is that a u.s. used its workers essentially as spies having them collect credit kartd and frequent flyer information some say goes beyond what is normally collected in diplomatic circles. betty? >> thank you. it is reported that an iranian nuclear scientist was killed but a car bomb this morning and another wounded. the bomb exploded in the capital of tehran. state tv there says attackers riding on motorcycles attached bombs to cars the scientists were driving to work. at least two other iranian nuclear scientists have been killed in recent years. the president of south korea expressed outrage over last week's artillery attack calling it a crime against humanity and warned north korea would pay a, quote, dear price for any further provocations.
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meanwhile, u.s. and south korean naval forces are engaged in a joint military exercise and china has called for emergency talks to defuse the situation. senator john mccain says it is time china reinstates its neighbor. >> i think it's time we talked about regime change in north korea. and i do not mean military action, but i do believe that this is a very unstable regime. >> also today, south korea declared the island attacked off limits to civilians. the somali-born teenager charged with plotting to carry out a terrorist attack in portland, oregon scheduled to appear in court today. >> reporter: according to the fbi, 19-year-old mohamed osman mohamud, a somali-born u.s. citizen planned to detonate a van he thought was packed with explosivess that would have caused mass casualties. unbeknownst to him the fbi had followed him for months and given him a fake bomb. after parking the van in a
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crowded square, he moved several blocks away to dial a cell phone to detonate the van, the moment the fbi was waiting for. >> a signal was given from the undercover operatives. >> reporter: neighbors were shocked when they heard about the bomb plot. >> i'm moving out, yes. definitely, yes. >> reporter: why? >> his mother is my neighbor and that was terrifying to me to know that that sort of thing could happen next to my family. >> once i recognized who he was i was like, wow, you know, kind of a surprise that he would do something like that because he just seemed like your average kid. >> reporter: investigators monitoring his e-mails since 2009 saw a very different side of the teenager. it is necessary to train, he wrote, on one jihadist website, in order to damage the enemies of allah as much as possible. >> he demonstrated from very early on a serious, committed determination to commit violent jihad. >> reporter: as he allegedful
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developed his plot in portland, they remindede many women and children at the tree-lighting ceremony but this did not deter him. it's going to be a fireworks show, a spectacular show there. has already been apparent backlash. he had been enrolled atting oorg state in corvallis, 90 miles south of port stland. saturday night an islamic center there where he went to prayer was partially destroyed by fire. police suspect arson. the imam there said he couldn't believe the charges. >> i would never have expected he would even attempt or even think of such a thing. >> reporter: it is worth pointing out a tip from a member of portland's muslim community first got the fbi interested in it him. he ahere is in federal court monday charged with attempted use of weapons of mass destruction. terry mccarthy, cbs news, portland. actor leslie nielsen has died. he passed away sunday from complications from pneumonia.
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this morning he is remembered as a serious actor who became famous for his mumbling comedic roles. >> can you fully this plane and land it? >> surely, you can't be serious. >> i am serious and don't call my shirley. >> it was followed by his recurring role as the accident-prone detective in the "naked gun" comedies. in an interview in 1991, he said he never worried about being remembered for those wacky com he dees. >> what is it somebody said about an adult is a terrior rated child. i'm not too sure that that's not 100% accurate. you know, i want to go back and find out, make an ally or find that little fellow that had to give himself up so long ago and become an unreal adult. >> he came to hollywood in the 1950s after performing in live television. leslie nielsen was 84 years old. on the "cbs moneywatch,"
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stocks in asia edged unthis morning. ashley morrison is in new york with much more on all of that. good morning, ashley. >> good morning, to you, betty. asian markets saw light trading dra japan's nikkei duaned about one percent while hong kong's rose more than one percent. sunday, the eu agreed to give ireland $113 billion package. the prime minister called it the best available deal for ireland. saturday, 50,000 people in dublin protested the rescue plan and the government's austerity measures. today, wall street tries to get back in the holiday spirit. the dow lost 95 points. the blue chips slipped about one percent for the week and the nasdaq gafb back eight. cyber monday the day online retailers traditionally mark as the heart of the holiday shopping season. a record 107 million people are expected to hit the web today for bargains. this year almost nine in ten online retailers are offering special deals including free
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shipping to get a piece of that action, electronics are expected to be the top seller. comcast says it has restored internet services to customers on the east coast. service was interrupted late sunday after an undisclosed problem. the outage did not affect cable tv or telephone customers. comcast is one of the biggest internet service providers in the u.s. black friday lookss like it was a huge success for brick and mortar retailers. holiday sales totalled $45 billion for the weekend. the number of shoppers rose to 212 million up nearly 9% compared to last year. at the movies, a fairy tale princess gave harry potter a run for his money. it took in more than $50 million in sales to stay in the top spot. right behind him the animated disney musical "tangled" sales of just over $49 million and "mega mind" a distant third.
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the price of the 12 days of christmas at a record high. it would cost about $97,000 for all the gifts in the song from the 12 drummers drumming to a partridge from n a pear tree, up almost 11% from last year. the partridge will run you just about $12 but be prepared to shell out for those nine ladies dancing. that is the most expensive item on the list with a price tag of almost $6300. they didn't say exactly what kind of dancing that was, betty. >> pretty expensive, nonetheless. okay. we'll use our imagination. ashley morrison live in new york. thank you. just ahead on the morning news, a disturbing case of five children kept hidden from society. plus in michigan the search for three missing boys after the father tried to commit suicide. you're watching the cbs morning news. depression is a serious medical condition
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police in michigan are still looking for three missing boys. 7-year-old alexander, 9-year-old andrew and 5-year-old tanner skelton were last seen thursday on a visit to their father. neighbors held a vigil sunday night to pray for their safe return as search efforts continue. the boyss' father tried to commit suicide friday and claimed he gave the boys to a family friend. >> i'll let you draw your own conclusions from it but at this point we've been unable to cob rate that portion of the story. >> we just need the father to say something and he's not talking. we pray that the boys are okay. >> police fear the boys are in extreme danger and say the father has not been ruled out as a suspect. a secret family discovered in pennsylvania. the parents of five children allegedly hid them in a house in york with no heat, electricity, or running water. they had no birth certificatesss, schooling,
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immunizations, or evidence of medical care. nothing to prove their existence. they're in state custody now and the parents are scheduled to be in court friday on child endangerment charges. for the second time in a week a sports fan has died in a fall. a man fell 20 feet to his death sunday at soldier field in chicago during the bears game. witnesses say the man ran to the ledge and jumped. last week in los angeles, a 2-year-old boy fell from a luxury box at the staples center during a lakers game. straight ahead, your monday morning weather and in sports the texas battle turns into a bare-knuckle fight. of gourmet coffee and tea to choose from. ♪ keurig is the way to brew fresh, delicious coffee in under a minute. way to brew. [ female announcer ] so with keurig, every cup tastes like it's brewed just for you.
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them. in the fourth quarter andre johnson got into a shouting match with foe finnegan. both players were ejected and houston defeated tennessee 20-0. in overtime johnson of buffalo dropped this pass tht end zone against pittsburgh giving the steelers a chance and field goal to win it. pittsburgh 19-16 over the bills. jay cutler of chicago had four touchdown passes against philadelphia and the bears beat the eagles 31-26. that gives chicago a one-game lead in the nfc east. and in the sunday night game, san diego intercepted pay ton mooning of indiana four times returning two for touchdowns. the charrs won their fourth straight game. when we return, another look at this morning's top stories and debit cards are more popular than ever. but be ware, the hidden,
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another large storm system set to form in the midwest. it'll bring snowy conditions to the northern plains and strong storms in the southeast. very cold air is entrenched in the northern rockies. here's another look at this morning's top stories, the wis sell-blowing website wikileaks released over 200 classified state department cables. the white house says the leaks puts diplomats and intelligence officials at risk. actor lessee nielsen has died best known for his comedic roles. nielsen was 84, battling pneumonia. as we mentioned today is cyber monday, the monday after thanksgiving when people return to work and typically do online holiday shopping for.
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the first time, more shoppers have debit than credit cards. but as ben tracy reports, you you still have to read the fine print. >> reporter: 'tis the season to go shopping. but in this post-recession period, people are not filling their bags with credit card debt. 70% of shoppers plan to use a debit card or cash for their holiday purchases. >> some people are just sick of their credit card companies. they have too much debt or maybe they don't have credit cards anymore. >> reporter: and now, many people are setting their own spending limits with prepaid debit cards. users loaded $330 billion onto prepaid cards last year expected to grow to $672 billion by 2013. 8% of americans don't have bank accounts, millions more have bad credit so the prepaid debit cards can be a good thing. they're easier than cash, no overdraft fees, but there is fine print. some prepaid cards charge fees for checking your balance, using an atm or even calling customer
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services. the worst offender may be the new kardashian card. it's marketed to teen-aged girls. but you do need a lot of money for fees. a six-month card costs $59.95 just to set up. $1.50 to use the atm, $1 opinions 00 for balance checks. 9.95 to replace a lost card a and $6.00 to cancel the account. >> they actually deduct it or charge it. >> reporter: the most popular in america is walmart's moneycard t. charges a three dollar monthly fee, three dollars to reload, two dollars to withdraw and one dollar to check the balance. >> there aren't as many regulations. so, it's a bit of a wild west when it comes to these cards. >> reporter: so, just like at the mall, it's wise to shop around. ben tracy, cbs news, los angeles. very good information there. this morning on "the early show" an interview with pop sensation
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good morning. i'm andrea roane. >> thanks for joining us. i'm mike hydeck. welcome to this monday. monica is here. >> good morning. >> welcome back. she is in for angie on
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maternity leave. howard bernstein is here, you're a familiar face. he is here with weather first this monday morning. >> smiling after the thanksgiving weekend weather wise, a cold start this morning. it is chilly out there. some areas in the low 20s. looking at the day planner, lots of sunshine, southeast winds, 5 to 8 miles per hour range. 42 by 9:00. 50 at noon, for the drive home, a few more clouds. jacket, gloves, maybe ear muffs. you will be out there awhile. we have clear skies. any clouds that increase will be late day, even overnight. temperatures down to 21 in manassas. annapolis, 34, along with reagan national. cumberland in the 20s. a frosty morning. you need time to scrape the windows if you parked outside. it will recover some today.
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here are the highs. 48 in washington, 53, warmer spot tap a hang i can. here is mawn ka with the latest traffic. >> thank you. and already getting busy out there, especially in maryland. even a couple of incidents in virginia. we will get to that in a moment. moderate traffic for time saver traffic. let's look at beltway overview shot on the beltway north side of town, fine, no problems between 270 and i-95 on the top side. but let's take a look down south on pennsylvania avenue on the eastbound side, about five miles outside of d.c. at walters lane. all lanes blocked, eastbound pennsylvania in district heights. there's a fatal accident that happened overnight. expect some police direction on westbound lanes. we will keep you posted on that. next time around, we will talk about 95 and the beltway in alexandria. wick ee leaks releasing
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another batch of classified documents. this time, a quarter million cables from state department. they say it was shut down because of cyber attack. so it shares the documents with several major newspapers instead. revelations in them include detailed information of behind the scenes negotiations several countries and the united states, as well as some embarrassing assessments of world leaders by american diplomats. today is cyber monday. one of the busiest online shopping days of the year. retailers encouraged by strong numbers from the weekend following black friday. sales were up compared to last year. online retailers typically offer deep discounts and free shipping on cyber monday to build traffic. holiday travelers made it home last night, most by car. >> with so many people on the road, there were plenty of crashes and delays, including a very serious accident near
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beltsville. >> reporter: this year, about a million folks in the metro d.c. area went away for thanksgiving holiday. almost 96% of those folks took to the roads. on the way back home, some of those drivers had a nightmare on i-95. the accident happened around 7:30 sunday night, just a few hundred feet from where southbound i-95 splits off into the capital beltway. maryland state police say as many as six cars may have been involved in the crash. at least one of those krars erupted into flames. prince georges county fire and rescue transported four people to the hospital. this multi car accident totally closed southbound i-95 at the split as authorities dealt with the injured drivers, cleared off the wrecked cars from the road, then began reconstructing the accident. the backup went on for miles, trapping thousands of cars. inin spite of